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I actually built this computer about a month or 2 ago so keep in mind that by todays standards this may not perform up to par. Overall this computer has been awesome and largely problem free. I must say largely, however, as one of the RAM DIMMS sent to me was bad and so I ended up RMAing it with Amazon without trouble. The computer doesn't run overly hot and makes minimal noise, but is still capable of pushing out 65-80 FPS in Bioshock Infinite 1080P and usually around 100 fps in Minecraft both maxed out settings.

CPU: No problems, easy install. Being my first time I was super anxious about getting it in right cough

CPU Cooler: Surprisingly little information about installing backplate. It probably took me about 10 minutes just looking around trying to figure out how to mount this *****. Great performance however!

Motherboard: I must say this is a nifty board. The Doctor Debug module on it is super helpful (I had some SATA trouble with plugs) this it helped me resolve. Its pretty cool looking and I found that the RAM slots are far enough from the CPU mount that large coolers such as the 212 don't really interfere too much.

Memory: As I previously mentioned I had a bad RAM stick that was quickly resolved. As with most other people I found that my RAM defaulted to 1333 or whatever, so I had to go to BIOS and make sure that they were running in their prime. Otherwise no problems and definitely look cool

SSD: I am running my OS off this, it looks cool and was easy to mount. I wanted my OS and important programs to be on SSD and dump the other **** and games on my HDD, and I found that organizing this with your OS is surprisingly difficult and finicky. I eventually figured it out and so far no problems. After optimization I have been able to boot up in around 11-13 seconds

HDD: No problems, came packaged very safely.

GPU: The card I selected isnt actually the one I bought ( http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202006 ). The one I bought was around $309 on sale during the never settle bundle. The cards seemed to be similar enough that I decided to select this one. Part of the reason I chose this was due to the awesome reviews and the fact that I got both Bioshock Infinite AND Crysis 3 (Two games which I would have otherwise bought) retroactively saving me $120 :D. The card runs great and is able to run pump out ~50 FPS in pretty much every game I play.

Case: I have mixed feeling about this case. I bought it mostly for its looks and the fact that it has both a built in fan controller and temp display. In hindsight I may have looked a little more into other cases (I was considering this, C70, or Arc MIDI R2) as this one doesnt have too many awesome features. FOR CONS: I found that the hard drive mounting bays are difficult to both access (remove front panel) and install things in (no removable bays and not moveable). The back panel doesn't leave a heck of a lot of space for cable management and I did my very best but it is still tricky to get the back panel on. The supplementary PC power supply cable, top left, was pretty much impossible to get to due to the top holes being was to small above the mobo, and as such I had to use an extension and route it along the top. Fan filters are also hard to get to. ALso good to note that the front USB 3 are just pass throughs so i had to buy a MOBO connector on amazon. FOR PROS: The overall ascetic appeal. Included blue LED fans. Helpful SSD mounting just above harddrive bay.

PSU: No problems

Optical Drive: No problems, really only used once

Keyboard: Unwittingly I purchased the Mac version of the keyboard, so it has the option and command keys where alt and control should. I probably made this mistake as the windows version was green and I wanted it to cohere to the blue theme. I remapped the keys to normal and it now works exactly as the windows version would. Nice clicky sound from the blue switches! BLUE SWITCH SUPREMACY!

Headset: A gift from christmas, I love that they are wireless so I can listen to podcasts and music while taking a ****. The software lets you map the keys on the side of the one ear so I have them set to left mouse click so that I can pause videos when people are talking to me or even accept games in DOTA 2 while dropping deuces.

Mouse: Awesome mouse! Great feel and the built in keys on it are great to use instead of backspace while browsing the web! Fast feedback and performance. I found that I myself can click up to 11 times a second without mouse limiting me.

Monitor: Already had

All in all I am very pleased with this build! After shipping and handling it came to around $1500 which I believe is a good pricepoint for my performance. If anyone has questions or wants to know more information just leave me a comment and ill see what I can do! Thanks

Comments

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build :D

  • 77 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

7950 is such a great value card, it even beats the gtx 670 in a lot of cases. Great build dude.

  • 77 months ago
  • 3 points

That's one game, not "a lot of cases."

Furthermore, you generally have to overclock the 7950 yourself to squeeze out enough performance to surpass the GTX 670. Regardless, it's a great card for the money.

  • 77 months ago
  • 0 points

That video compares a max overclocked 7950 to a max overclocked 670, if you aren't overclocking you're just giving away free performance boosts. It beats the 670 in a lot of cases (especially at 1440p and 3x1080p), but I didn't want to link a whole lot of videos.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Fair enough. :)

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, really nice build !

I am planning on building a budget build for 1000 $ and this one is better than mine, even cheaper !

but without your Monitor, keyboard, and mouse

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing :3